McARTHUR - Some games everything falls into place, and some games everything just falls apart.
Such was the case for the Eastern High school boys basketball team, which lost to the Vinton County Vikings 56-29 in both teams' season opener on Friday.
The Vikings stormed out of the gate to post 16 points in the first quarter to the Eagles' two and never looked back. In fact, Eastern had just seven points total in the entire first half.
Vinton County outscored its opponent in every quarter except the last when Eastern owned a 14-6 edge in mop-up time.
Leading all scorers with 16 points was Vinton County's Dustin Guthrie, followed by teammate Eric Henry, who posted 13.
For the Eagles, Dalton Jenkins and Nathan Carroll put nine each on the scoreboard. Alex McGrath and Kyle Rawson added four apiece and Tyler Kearns helped out with three.
The junior varsity game was also won by Vinton County by a score of 67-46. Leading scorer was Viking Brandon Clark who posted 17. For the Eagles Jake Lynch had 14 points and Zach Hendrix put up 13.
Eastern played South Gallia on Saturday and will head to Federal-Hocking next Friday at 6:30 p.m. for its Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division opener.